Harrison Ford Explains Why Han Solo's Fate Was the Right Decision
Spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens follow!
We're all still heartbroken over Han Solo's death in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with one notable exception: Harrison Ford, who has famously wanted the character to die ever since The Empire Strikes Back. In a new Q&A with EW via Tumblr, Ford explained why he's wanted the beloved character to be killed off for three decades:
"I think it's a fitting use of the character," Ford wrote of the ending. "I've been arguing for Han Solo to die for about 30 years, not because I was tired of him or because he's boring, but his sacrifice for the other characters would lend gravitas and emotional weight."
I agree that killing Han Solo was a bold move, which was something The Force Awakens needed in order to not feel like a retread of A New Hope. I would also argue that the death would have had much more emotional impact if we had gotten any real development of the relationship between Han and Ben Solo, or the reasons why the latter became Kylo Ren. I realize that they're trying to save that for future movies, but it still undercut the weight of Han Solo's death considerably.
On a lighter note, Ford also addressed the rumors (mostly spread by John Boyega himself) that he and John Boyega became besties on the set of The Force Awakens. Ford responded with his usual dry sense of humor:
But that being said, he described Boyega as a "bright young man," and seemed to confirm that they are, indeed, close in another jokey answer: